Association is catalyst for 2,000
Guyanese living here
by Mellica Mcpherson
Guyanese Association of the BVI will be joining in solidarity with their
brothers and sisters back in Guyana, by not celebrating Mashramani (celebration
after hard work). Mashramani or MASH is celebrated in Guyana on the 23 February.
The festivity is traditionally enriched by a parade, calypso show and other
forms of jubilee.
year, for the first time in the history of Guyana this festivity is being
postponed because of the flood and the other disasters associated with it.
Association feels that it is only fair that they should not celebrate during
this time of crisis. Every year the Association celebrates February 23 by
hosting a church service, a dinner and dance.
Association was officially founded in 1991, and at present it has 60 regular
members and about twice as many non members. It was formed as a support group
for members, who pool their resources together to help members with critical
illnesses, especially Guyana natives who have no other relatives here and no
other means of support.
Association was also formed as a social club, which gave members a chance to get
together and practice various Guyanese customs such as Mash, independence and
the traditional old year’s night ball.
the Association Mr. Will Campbell said that the Association has set up an award
achievement scheme for students with Guyanese parentage who have done well at
the primary five and school leaving examinations.
disclosed that they also donate the “outstanding student in geography” award to
a BVI High School student who excelled in that subject. He announced that “even
though the Guyanese Association was set up by Guyanese for the Guyanese, it is
not an effort to separate ourselves from the BVI community, but it is a means of
helping us to preserve our culture while contributing meaningfully as a people
to the development of our adopted home — the BVI”. The Association has
participated over the past years in the BVI festival. They meet on the first of
every month at the BVI High School.
Association will continue to raise funds. This time they hope that they will
receive monetary donations to help to stem the spread of water bourn diseases
that have claimed many lives in Guyana and to help to provide medical supplies
for affected people.
of Immigration estimated a year and a half ago that there might be approximately
2,000 Guyanese residing in the BVI.
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